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PBS
Dec 28, 2012 6:30pm PST
think they will avoid the fiscal cliff. >> but neither side appears willing to give in. democrats, for example, are frustrated that republicans will not agree to raise taxes on the wealthy. >> the majority of rich people in our great country are willing to pay more. the only people who disagree with that are republicans who work in this building. >> republicans say that democrats want to spend too much money. so, as much of the united states digs out from yet another series of snowstorms, many average citizens are asking themselves what it will take to get politicians in washington to stop squabbling and come up with a compromise that will help put america's fiscal house in order. >> are both parties determined to go over the fiscal cliff together? let's bring in our washington correspondent for more on this. what can you tell us about the meeting coming up in less than an hour? what will the president talking about with the republican leadership? >> there are only six people who really know what is going on, and what will really happen at the white house, and they will not talk, but i expect them to talk about higher taxes for th
PBS
Dec 27, 2012 6:30pm PST
-called fiscal cliff, taxes and spending cuts unless democrats and republicans reach a deal by new year's eve. >> nearly all the major players in those negotiations are starting to agree on one thing, and that is that a deal is virtually impossible by that deadline. senior officials say there is little hope of a grand bargain to shave trillions of dollars off of america's mountain of debt. >> applause for the bell at the start of the trading day is a daily ritual at the new york stock exchange, despite the enthusiasm, traders are keeping an anxious eye on share prices. the fiscal cliff is on everyone's mind. u.s. treasury secretary timothy geithner has warned that his department will need to take extraordinary measures to postpone the upcoming government defaults. he plans adjustments to the national budget that would give the u.s. two months of grace. president barack obama has said he is still hopeful that a resolution can be reached this year. he cut short his vacation in hawaii to restart negotiations with republicans in congress. before christmas, the president called for bipa
KCSMMHZ
Dec 31, 2012 5:30pm PST
falls off this cliff, ripple effects are expected. >> reporter: the term fiscal cliff has been making headlines recently. here's a brief explanation. it's a term used to refer to the economic fallout that might occur because of policy divisions in the u.s. congress. if democrats and republicans cannot come to an agreement on resolving the fiscal cliff by year end, sudden tax increases and drastic budget cuts will take effect and would dramatically slow the u.s. economy. let's look into the two main components of the fiscal cliff. first, taxes. democrats want to let tax cuts for the wealthy to expire but republicans are generally opposed to the plan. individuals would be hit with huge tax hikes if lawmakers cannot find common ground. second component of the fiscal cliff is large federal spending cuts. the cuts will take effect if the two parties fail to strike a deal. spending would be reduced in areas such as health care which democrats oppose. the defense budget would also be cut. republicans are against that happening. the u.s. congressional budget office says the sudden belt-tightening could cause negative growth by the fourth quarter of 2013. the unemployment rate is expected to rise above 9% if the economy dampens. the european and japanese economies are losing steam. economis
CSPAN
Dec 24, 2012 7:00am EST
the so- called fiscal cliff. two republican senators on the sunday talk shows yesterday say they agree with the president's position that both sides should avoid tax hikes on middle-class americans. also, nra executive said the group would not support any new gun laws in this country. good morning this monday, december 24, 2012. we will begin this morning with your thoughts on religion and politics. as a religion influence your political decisions? also send us your tweet if you go to twitter.com -- we will begin with the sunday review section of the "the new york times" yesterday. we want to get your take on this. it does religion influence your politics? with more people saying they are unaffiliated. we want to get your take. here are some comments from facebook this morning. what are your thoughts on this december 24, 2012. it does religion influence your politics? let me show you this from "the new york times" this morning. a new poll out worldwide religion shows up that one out of six follows no religion. that is worldwide. all religions outside the united states as well. the upi
CSPAN
Dec 28, 2012 7:00am EST
fiscal cliff, it will hurt the republicans more. host: thank you for the call. a photograph of the president, cutting short his vacation. leaders were blaming each other for the stalled negotiations just days before tax increases lock in. more from the floor of the senate yesterday, harry reid. [video clip] >> speaker boehner should not have that members go back. they are not here. they are not here. john bennett seems to keep more about keeping his speakership than keeping the nation on firm financial footing. he is waiting until january 3 to get reelected as speaker. he has so many people over there that will not follow what he wants. that is obvious from the debacle that took place last week. host: back to your calls and comments. negotiations resumed at 3:00 p.m. this afternoon at the white house. north carolina on the republican line, good morning. caller: how are you/ i'm doing well -- how are you? the budget as far as the epa, i wonder if that would help cutting the budget, plus cutting entitlement spending. instead of raising taxes and lower deduction, i think we should cut
CSPAN
Dec 29, 2012 7:00am EST
not think there will be a fiscal cliff because i think it will cost too much danger. i would like for the republicans to be definitely voted out and new people come in with better ideals. there are stuck in the old school. host: cheryl in virginia on the line for independents. caller: thank you for taking my call. i just wanted to say we are tired of partisan politics. we know that the what they do not pay their fair share of taxes, and they know it, too. the working man and the middle class carried the burden of this country including the tax burden. if mitch mcconnell and republicans had worked with the president of in the first term, we would not be near a fiscal cliff. we need term limits. i do not think they ought to serve more than the president can serve. host: a year limit on both the house and the senate? caller: absolutely. rockylet's move onto a from north carolina. caller: good morning. i would like to make a general comment about the congress and the senate. somehow they have gotten off track for the american people. they need to bring jobs back to the united states. president obama promise
CSPAN
Dec 26, 2012 7:00am EST
and earnings. can we afford that? can we afford the war on drugs? with the fiscal cliff looming in the background, why aren't we looking at something like that? even republicans say, social security, but no one really e- books at the division of motor vehicles, the national state registry, a patriot act, homeland security. guest: there are two dimensions. one of them is whether we can afford to pay for the bureaucrats. the government employees in washington who administer those. over the last six years, spending has increased six under $65 million. i predict it will continue increasing another $1.10 trillion by the end of the decade. if that happens, and as we are willing to unseal a massive increase in the deficit, the problem is it is not finance the oil. either have to eliminate the defense department or eliminate all civilian employees. you would not able to administer all this regulation if you don't do something about spending. even with tax increases, the kind i described in the previous question, would not be enough. ineffective regulation. effective regulation can be quite beneficial. in the automobile sector, the mileage requirement, but permits everybo
CSPAN
Jan 1, 2013 7:00am EST
vote? caller: yes, i am glad to something being done about the fiscal cliff. the american people need to understand that the republicans put us in this situation, because when bill clinton left office, he left with a surplus. the republicans spent all the money. we went into recession. then president obama came on scene, and he brought us out of the recession, and it takes money to get out of recession. now they are trying to blame him for all of the spending. mitch mcconnell, he is a disgrace to the senate floor. he said he one of the president to be a one-term president. the people voted obama back in. host: the minority leader, mitch mcconnell, has been negotiating with the vice president joe biden to come to some sort of agreement. what you make of that? caller: i'm talking about what mitch mcconnell said in the beginning. he did not want to work with this president. the want it to see him fail. they're hurting the american people by not helping obama. obama is good for the country, but people that listen to rush limbaugh, sarah palin, and fox news, that is why this country is going down like this. host: let me get you
CSPAN
Dec 30, 2012 7:00am EST
was located in the senate before. guest: we ended up a fiscal cliff. that was not tax increase. if there is one thing that is important to republicans, it is taxes. this becomes a much more sensitive issue especially in the current environment. the debt ceiling, that is also important to the republican base. host: we are taking your calls and questions with stan collander and our other guest. the numbers are -- right before christmas, the president told everybody to go home, drank some eggnog, take a breath, and we will come back and talk about this. how much movement did that stepping back give us? did it move anything at all? guest: it did not seem to change anybody's opinion. we have lost a few days. everybody is feeling more pressure to get back and do something. it did not change the basic spirit did not change the politics very much. part of this is that we have not gone over the cliff yet. a lot of the tax increases your mentioning. a lot of the tax -- a lot of the spending increases -- cuts and tax increases have not happened. people need to go to the senator and representative and say, make these things stops. that pain has not
CSPAN
Dec 25, 2012 7:00am EST
fiscal cliff negotiations. it is very difficult for lots of people to except on the republican side. it is widely understood without some investment in infrastructure or education and the like, our recovery may falter and then given what is going on in europe and much of the world, that would be bad news. i think the number one job is to keep us on good, sound, fiscal standing and he has to deal with some of these outstanding issues. then you move on and you start to see things like education and how we deal with education in this country and the need for reform continues to be out there. working with the education secretary, it is going to occupy a bitter moment for this president. americans believe in education and of the it is the first step on that ladder to upward mobility. that is going to be a challenge that this president has to deal with them than he has to find these issues and then define them in terms of common ground. host: juan williams joining us on this christmas day. joining us from texas, this is ken. go ahead. caller: good morning. merry christmas. i live in texas
CSPAN
Dec 31, 2012 7:00am EST
that certainly we are here on new year's eve, and we are upon the fiscal cliff. what we do need to focus on is how do we find that common ground? because what we do know is that i believe the republicans and democrats alike want to put our country on a course of fiscal discipline, we hope. . mr. speaker, i'm a small business owner. i employ 100 people. for me hts 100 families. i need a budget and a payroll, and what they're looking for when i talk to people back home, they're looking for some stability. they're looking for certainty. and what we're doing here is not providing any of those things. and yet i do believe that there is a spirit of comity that we want to find that common ground and move forward. i'm sorry that we're here on new year's eve and we haven't solved this problem long ago. i will say, mr. speaker, that the house did send over a bill in august over to the united states senate. going back to my time as a small business owner, i can just tell you if i had given something to one of the people i work with, marked it urgent and put it on their desk months ago and it sat month after month after month, something would be wrong. well, in essence, mr. speaker, that's exactly wh
CSPAN
Dec 27, 2012 7:00am EST
they let the democrats define the rules of debate on the fiscal cliff. the house should have passed a bill saying you cannot use money for medicare to finance obamacare. the plan to finance obamacare and the house should have passed a bill on that. or how about passing a bill that any reform of entitlements -- medicare and social security -- cannot involve taking away benefits from those on the system today and those about to go on the system. you can make good reforms to young people. they should have passed a tax simplification bill. host: next call comes from john in pennsylvania, republican line. caller: good morning. president eisenhower, the rate for the top taxpayers never went below 91%. now we cannot seem to get it up to 39%. in 2001, we had the largest budget surplus ever. 10 years later it would have the largest deficit ever. in 2001, we had $5 trillion in debt. we gained $10 trillion in debt in less than 10 years. $5 chilean was because of the bush tax cuts -- $5 trillion was because of the bush tax cuts. guest: there were numerous tax shelters back then that were finall
KCSMMHZ
Dec 28, 2012 5:30pm PST
optimistic democrats and republicans can reach a deal to steer clear of the so-called fiscal cliff, but he's got a backup plan if they can't. obama wrapped up a meeting at the white house with congressional leaders. they're trying to find a way to head off automatic tax increases and spending cuts that take effect in the new year which economists warned could trigger a recession. >> we're now at the point where in just four days, every american's tax rates are scheduled to go up by law. every american's paycheck will get considerably smaller. and that would be the wrong thing to do for our economy, it would be bad for middle class families, and it would be bad for businesses that depend on family spending. fortunately, congress can prevent it from happening if they act right now. i just had a good and constructive discussion here at the white house with senate and house leadership about how to prevent this tax hike on the middle class. and i'm optimistic we may still be able to reach an agreement that can pass both houses in time. >> the president obama says if time runs out, he wi
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